The master's degree in Geomaterials and Geochemistry lasts four semesters and offers specializations in materials science, crystallography, geochemistry, applied mineralogy, petrology or volcanology.
This master’s course has been offered since the winter semester 2006/07 at the Faculty of Geosciences at LMU and at the Munich Geozentrum. With the master’s degree, the academic degree Master of Science is acquired, which replaces or is equivalent to the diploma degree in the previous courses of study mineralogy and crystallography. The master’s degree in geomaterials and geochemistry offers the best prerequisites for future employment in the field of geo- and environmental sciences and materials science in Germany and abroad.
The more research-oriented joint master’s course "Geomaterials and Geochemistry" at the Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich and the Technical University of Munich conveys in particular in-depth knowledge and relationships from the sub-disciplines of mineralogy, petrology, crystallography, materials science, geochemistry and complementary areas and enables you to study complex chemical and to research and recognize structural laws from these sub-areas and to represent their interrelationships. The flexibility in the choice of modules enables an individual specialization within the geosciences and an innovative networking of different scientific disciplines. As a result, this master’s degree is also aimed at people who have a bachelor's degree in other scientific subjects. The master's examination determines whether the student has an overview of the context of the subject and can critically assess it, has the ability to apply its scientific methods and findings and has acquired the thorough specialist knowledge necessary for the transition to professional practice.
The master’s course "Geomaterials and Geochemistry" is not restricted in admission. For a successful degree, however, you should have good basic technical knowledge in the geosciences, especially in the fields of mineralogy and crystallography, as well as in the natural science subjects of physics, chemistry and mathematics. In addition, personal experience in independently working on a problem using scientific methods, for example as part of a bachelor thesis, is important.
The wide-ranging basic scientific training and the rich spectrum of instrumental analytical methods enable graduates to deal with a wide range of scientific and technical issues.
Employment opportunities exist in the public sector (usually with a doctorate) and in a wide variety of industries. The public sector includes universities, state research institutions and offices (areas of the environment, monument protection and geology) as well as material research and testing institutes.
Examples of industrial sectors with job opportunities for geomaterial scientists and mineralogists are the glass, glass ceramic and ceramics industry, crystal growing industry, refractory industry, building materials and binder industry, stone and earth industry, chemical industry, electrical and electronics industry, optical industry, waste and recycling industry, paper industry, Fertilizer industry, pharmaceutical industry, jewelry industry, analytical service companies.
Compared to the training of chemists, physicists, process engineers, chemical or ceramic engineers, the strength of the mineralogical and geomaterial science training is evident in the versatility and, most importantly, in the experience in handling complex material systems with a large repertoire of analytical and synthetic working methods.
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